asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the test which General Giraud is proposing to apply to the release of prisoners in North Africa is willingness on the part of the prisoner to take an active part in the fight against the Germans; and whether he will consider applying a similar test to detainees under 18B?
As has previously been stated in this House, one of the factors to which I attach importance in deciding whether or not to authorise the release of a person detained under this Regulation is whether the person concerned is genuinely willing to assist in the national war effort. A mere profession of willingness, as experience has shown, is not enough, and in the interests of national security I should not be justified in authorising a person's release merely because he or she asserts willingness to take "an active part in the fight against the Germans."
asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the repeated allegations that the continued detention of Admiral Sir Barry Domvile is unjust, he will publish in a White Paper the letter from Domvile which was produced at the trial at Bath Assizes on the 4th and 5th July, 1940, of Olive Evelyn Baker, now serving a sentence of five years' penal servitude for action intended to assist the enemy?
If it were possible to publish the full facts about individuals detained under Regulation 18B, I recognise that this course would have many advantages, but this is not a practicable course, and it would not be right for me to present to the House piecemeal items of information when some selected item is asked for because it is thought to be discreditable or creditable to a particular individual.
asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered a request from British subjects interned in the Isle of Man under Regulation 18B for reconsideration of the allowance of 3s. 6d. per week granted to cooks and camp leaders in view of the length of time during which they have been interned and the fact that some of them have no private means?